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Anyone operating a motor vehicle or motorcycle on public roadways in the State of New Mexico must have a driver license or learner's permit. To get a license, you must pass a written and road test in addition to a vision screening. Practice with this sample test to familiarize yourself with the format of the New Mexico driver's license test. The NM MVD written test is designed to check your knowledge of road rules, road signs, traffic laws and safety rules. Everything you need to know is covered in the New Mexico Driver's Manual. The MVD written test consists of 25 questions, and you'll need at least 18 correct answers to pass (72%).
1. Drivers often fail to see a motorcycle headed toward them. Why?
Motorcycles are hard to see.
It is difficult to judge a motorcycle's speed.
It is hard to judge how far away a motorcycle is.
All of the above.
2. At intersections marked with stop lines, drivers must:
slow down and enter the intersection.
come to a complete stop.
enter the intersection and then stop.
signal other vehicles to stop.
3. Always stop before you cross railroad tracks when:
you are not wearing safety belts.
you are following a bicyclist or motorcyclist across railroad tracks.
you don't have room on the other side to completely cross the tracks.
4. Before turning, you should:
sound your horn to alert the other drivers.
change lanes.
give the proper turn signal.
increase your speed.
5. Alcohol:
makes it difficult for drivers to judge their condition.
makes drivers more prone to take chances.
increases reaction time.
All of the above.
6. What shape is a stop sign?
Upside-down triangle
7. A driver should be extra alert for motorcyclists, bicycles and pedestrians. Why?
They are hard to see in traffic.
They always have the right-of-way.
They don’t have rearview mirrors.
They obey specific traffic laws.
8. The following symptoms are associated with drowsy driving:
You continue to yawn.
You don’t remember driving the last few miles.
Your eyes go out of focus by themselves.
All of the above.
9. If the entrance lane is too short to allow acceleration to expressway speed, you should:
stop and wait for a large space in traffic.
reduce your speed to 15 MPH or less and blend with traffic.
enter the expressway and accelerate quickly.
accelerate to expressway speed and blend with traffic.
10. While inside a roundabout, you should stay in your lane until you are ready to exit.
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NM DMV Permit Test Facts

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:18
Passing score:72%
Minimum age to apply: 15
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